Help needed with my new build

Hello all,

I made a major upgrade yesterday adding the MoBo, Processor, memory and video card.

I get crashes in games like BFBC2 after less than 1 min. To be precise, the game freezes for 5-10 seconds and than the screen turns into vertical lines leaving me with no other option than reset button.

All I can think of is that the power supply might not be enough for the load.
But I don't have enough expertise.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz, 2801 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0501, 11/23/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.6

Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 7.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 6.36 GB
Total Virtual Memory 16.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory 14.1 GB
Page File Space 7.99 GB

Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Power Suply Spyre 600W

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Looks ok... What is your GPU? Impossible to say without GPU info.

    EDIT: Is this your PSU? "Spyre SP ATX 600w Rocketeer IV"? It's a pretty crappy PSU....
    http://techgage.com/article/spire_sp-atx-600w_power_supply/2
  2. snack said:
    Hello all,

    I made a major upgrade yesterday adding the MoBo, Processor, memory and video card.

    I get crashes in games like BFBC2 after less than 1 min. To be precise, the game freezes for 5-10 seconds and than the screen turns into vertical lines leaving me with no other option than reset button.

    All I can think of is that the power supply might not be enough for the load.
    But I don't have enough expertise.

    OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

    System Type x64-based PC
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz, 2801 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

    BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0501, 11/23/2009
    SMBIOS Version 2.6

    Windows Directory C:\Windows
    System Directory C:\Windows\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"

    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
    Total Physical Memory 7.99 GB
    Available Physical Memory 6.36 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 16.0 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 14.1 GB
    Page File Space 7.99 GB

    Page File C:\pagefile.sys

    Power Suply Spyre 600W

    Thanks in advance.


    EDIT: Totally missed it. Video card - Sapphire Vapor-x HD 5870 1GB
  3. And the PSU?
  4. striker410 said:
    And the PSU?

    You where right, that's the one. http://techgage.com/article/spire_sp-atx-600w_power_supply/2
  5. It could be the PSU... The article says it's basically a 450w, no name PSU. Do you have another PSU you can test with?
  6. Unfortunately not, but I guess I gonna need one anyhow, right?
    I also have in plan a crossfire in the near future. Can you recommend a good PSU for that please?
  7. Well for crossfire 5870's and your system, I think 750w should be adequate. You might be able to get away with 650w, but let's not take chances.

    With that in mind, I have several here that would be great. Let's go in order of price.

    Antec Earthwatts 80+ 750w semi modular $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371
    026&cm_re=750w-_-17-371-026-_-Product

    Corsair TX V2 750w 80+ bronze non modular $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_re=750w-_-17-139-021-_-Product

    PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK II 80+ Silver non modular $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027&cm_re=750w-_-17-703-027-_-Product

    XFX PRO 750w 80+ silver semi modular $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016&cm_re=750w-_-17-207-016-_-Product

    Corsair HX 750w 80+ silver FULLY MODULAR $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010&cm_re=750w-_-17-139-010-_-Product

    Seasonic X 750 80+ GOLD fully modular $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087&cm_re=750w-_-17-151-087-_-Product

    Now let's talk over them.

    MODULAR VS NON MODULAR
    Modular just means you get to pick and choose the cables you need, which reduces clutter and improves airflow.

    80+ RATINGS

    80+ certified means it will deliver wattage at 80% efficiency.

    80+ bronze is the standard. I believe it is ~82%?

    80+ silver is about ~85%

    and 80+ gold is ~87% and up.

    I personally don't think it matters, as long as it's 80+.

    My pick would be the antec Earthwatts, it's semi modular and 80+ for $90. A very good power supply.

    If I had a bit more money I would step up to the Corsair HX. It's fully modular, and higher efficiency.

    For non modular, the Silencer MK II would be my pick without a doubt.

    Hope that helps!
  8. I can get one of these faster from a shop here.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139013&Tpk=Corsair%20CMPSU-950TX%20950W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=Corsair%20CMPSU-850HX%2c%20850W
    I'll probably go with the 850W one, they are virtually the same price. Or do you think the 950W might be a better choice in the long run (for future upgrades)?
  9. If the modularity is worth it, go 850HX.

    And NO, noooo need for the 950w. The only way I could see a 950w is GTX 580's in SLI with a 990x or something. The 850HX is a very high quality unit.
  10. Thanks alot Striker, I'm greatfull for your help.
    Cheers
  11. Ok. Bought an 850AX in the end. All good and dandy, but I still get the crashes ...
    Any suggestions?
  12. I used to have the same kinda of crashes. Make sure your video drivers are up-to-date and run memtest on the RAM. You never know if you have a bad module. I did and never even knew it because only games push the memory. Other apps didn't cause the same kinds of issues. Hope that helps.
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